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Star: Dr. Thaddeus Gala

At the impressionable age of 10, Thaddeus embodied inspiration after hearing that his mother’s disability would leave her wheelchair bound. Since then, Dr. Thaddeus Gala has been on a mission to help his patients reverse chronic disease, eliminate medication requirements and fully live the life of their dreams.

Dr. Gala has a long history of giving back to the community as exampled by offering free child and veteran care throughout his various clinics, and building solar ovens in Africa. He has a deep passion for making the world a better place and leading by example in how it can be done.

Participating in DWTRVS to help promote awareness about Sparrow Clubs is a natural extension for Dr. Gala and the entire team at Complete Care Health Centers. When asked to dance for the cause, he said, “I’m in! Working with this amazing organization, coupled with the support of our team at Complete Care, this event is a huge win for the kids and everyone involved!”

Thaddeus would like to thank his dance partner, Karen, his girlfriend, Rebecca, the team at Complete Care and his mother for their unwavering support in the greater vision of healing the world.

Partner / Instructor: Karen Knokey

Karen has been dancing for more than 20 years and loves all styles of dance and music. She and her husband, Donn, have been teaching West Coast Swing on Thursday nights at the Evergreen Ballroom for many years. They have been married for 45 years, but dating for 47 years. Dancing is a fantastic part of their life. They enjoy learning new moves to improve their dance, as well as passing on the new information to their students.

Donn and Karen have been part of many performance teams including: American Style Cha Cha and Rumba, Night Club Two-Step, Viennese Waltz and many others. They have participated in West Coast Swing and Night Club Two-Step competitions in Sacramento, San Francisco, Reno, Portland and Phoenix, Arizona. Currently, one of their favorite West Coast Swing Conventions, is right here in the Rogue Valley, put on by SOswing!